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Acton, MA, 01720

Upcoming Events

These are some of the performances that are coming up soon. Visit our “Schedule” page for a full list of this season’s offerings. And to keep up to date, sign up for our eblast; “like” our Facebook page, “follow” us on Instagram @fugitiveproductions.

ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night

Featuring Drew Dunn

Doors open at 7:30pm
$13/online • $16/door •
Purchase your tickets here.
Online ticket sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.
Bar provided by True West.
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Headliner Drew Dunn
Drew started performing comedy at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back since. This NH-based comic quickly established himself as one of the nation’s fastest rising comedians with his quick wit and unique point of view. He has been featured in comedy festivals across the country including the Johnny Carson Great American Comedy Festival as well as being named “Best of the Fest” in the 2017 Burbank Comedy Festival. Drew won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2017 and the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2018. Most recently, Drew was in featured as a New Face of Comedy in the 2019 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.

Guest Host Emily Ruskowski
Emily is a staple on the Boston Stand Up scene. She has been featured in the Boston Globe and the Washington Post. Emily has performed on “Laughs TV” on the Fox Network and the popular “Two Dope Queens” podcast.

Opener Peter Martin
Peter is a comedian hailing from Somerville. His humor resonates with the same gritty taste and sensibilities of the Boston blue collar working class. From absurd silliness to intelligent satire, over the past seven years, Peter has become a well-known and established talent in the Boston comedy scene.

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ACTON — Fugitive Stories
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

ACTON — Fugitive Stories

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at West Acton Villageworks. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

October’s Theme: “Simply Irresistible”

Featured Tellers

Bart Thompson
Bart has won Moth StorySLAMs and Massmouth Story Slams and has been a Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” finalist. He honed his skill in storytelling on the stages of Boston and New York after a humble beginning seven years ago in a storytelling show in Providence, RI. He is the organizer and host of “Now Listen Here,” a monthly open mike and showcase storytelling event celebrating the diversity of Boston’s vibrant storytelling and listening scene. He is a Nebraska native and avid traveler who now lives in the Boston area. He tells stories anywhere he can find a captive audience (such as elevators and bathrooms).

Norah Dooley
Norah Dooley is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, and specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are. For the past 18 summers, she has told stories to thousands of children through ReadBoston.org. She is the founder of StoriesLive.org, and a co-founder of massmouth.org and the “Boston Story Slam” series. She teaches storytelling at Lesley, Tufts, and Suffolk Universities. Internationally, she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition, and in Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of http://www.worlded.org.

Sara Sweet Rabidoux-Kelsey
Sara grew up on Cape Cod and has lived in Boston for nearly twenty years. Sara has an MFA in Choreography and Dance History from Smith College and was the Founder and Artistic Director of hoi polloi, a modern dance company based in Central Square for many years. Sara is a Moth GrandSlam champion and recently performed on her first Moth MainStage production. She is co-founder of Blind Tiger Tellers and honored to be a featured teller with Fugitive Stories.

$10/online • $12/door • Purchase your tickets here.
Online ticketing ends at 3pm on the day of the show.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffee House stays open for us until 6pm. Grab a beverage and snack on the way up.
Or walk down the street and purchase a wonderful homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery.

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video

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ARLINGTON — Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

ARLINGTON — Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

October Theme: “Simply Irresistible”

Featured Tellers

Don Picard
Don is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

Harold Cox
Harold, the 2019 Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” champion, has been a featured teller on WGBH’s “Stories from the Stage” and is a producer of “Stories to Scenes,” a monthly storytelling show in Roslindale. He is a professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He notes, “There is something special that happens when you tell a story. You can feel we’re all connected. It’s powerful.” When not at work or telling stories, Harold can be found canoeing, dogsledding, and knitting.

Peter Carcia
A former Divisional VP at Polaroid Corp., Peter now teaches storytelling at UMass Boston. Peter is a founder of Reading Neighbors Network, an organization that works to keep elders (50 and over) in their homes and works to increase their activities outside of their home. Peter sits on the board of directors of MassMouth.

$10/online • $12/door • Purchase you tickets here.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.
Online ticketing ends at 4pm on the day of the show.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video

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MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends

Be among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

British guitarist Jeff Purchon and his all-star band bring their special brand of soul, blues and funk — with a side order of rock — to life, rousing a crowd to their feet and leaving them wanting more.

Jeff has performed with some of music’s greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

His band features nine-pieces with two female singers; Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, and Fenway favorite Vicki Zelski. Boston’s own Michael Payette, who possesses a range and voice that can cover any song from Michael McDonald to Stevie Wonder, is the lead male vocalist. The world-class rhythm section includes New York's Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Steve Aubert, Phliip Antionades on drums and Percussionist Hal Denham. The line up is rounded out with the inimitable saxophonist Brad Kohl.

JP & Friends will rock your butts off with a variety of music that hits everyone’s sweet spot, with classics old and new. Since their last performance with Fugitive, they’ve played a multitude of private gig and have won a Gold Award as one of the best performing bands on their agency’s roster. They’ll be highlighting a bunch of new material. Come on down and boogie out.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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ACTON — Dance Documentary & Puppet Show
Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

ACTON — Dance Documentary & Puppet Show

Two Free Events, One Evening
5:30pm: Margaret Moody Puppets
6:30pm: ”Make Me Dance” Documentary

Presented in collaboration with the Arlington International Film Festival.
Come for one or stay for both.

Make Me Dance (65 min)

Tatyana Bronstein, Director | USA | 2016 | Doc

“Make Me Dance” is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the United States, The Boston Conservatory. World-renowned choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie, has chosen to hold the residency at the Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, “Winds of Now” for young students. The film documents Moultrie’s choreography and preparation for his piece from conception through rehearsals, culminating in the opening night at BoCo Theater.

Margaret Moody Puppets

Margaret Moody loves the way two hands and a few puppets can present a whole story. She studied with master puppeteer Li Tien-lu of Taiwan for three years, and continues to use the intricate puppets and choregraphy of Bu Dai Xi (‘cloth bag drama’) in performance. Margaret performs mainly for children and enjoys creating shows with fairies and other magical creatures. In addition to her solo work, Margaret performs with Dream Tale Puppets and Galapagos Puppets. margaretmoodypuppets.com

Click here to let us know if you are planning to attend.
Doors open at 5pm for the puppet show and 6:15pm for the dance documentary. We’d like to get an approximate head count. Please email us to let us know if you intend to attend. Let us know the number of attendees and whether you are coming to 5:30pm Puppet Show, 6:30pm Dance Video, Both. Or, if you can’t let us know in advance, just come on down for either or both.

Acton Coffee House is open until 5pm. Arrive early and grab a beverage and snack on the way up.
Or walk down the street and purchase a wonderful homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery and bring it on up.

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The Arlington International Film Festival ranks high in the U.S. as an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. Founded in 2010, the AAIF presents a four-day event in historic Arlington, Massachusetts that celebrates the art of indie filmmaking. www.AIFFest.org 

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SUDBURY — Fugitive Comedy Night
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

SUDBURY — Fugitive Comedy Night

Headliner: Al Parks
Host: Mike Dorval
Featuring: Jiayong Li

Fugitive Comedy Night brings us some of the best comics the area has to offer.

Sudbury Dinner Reservations at 8pm
Order tickets for Fugitive Comedy Night in Sudbury — with or without dinner reservations. For the best seats in the house, reserve for dinner and arrive by 8pm. Comedy Night dinner reservations are available only with advanced online ticketing. No phone calls please. To maximize the use of the room, there will be some sharing of tables.
General Seating at 8:30pm • 
You can purchase tickets without a dinner reservation online or at the door. Of course, you’ll still be able to order from the full menu.
Comedy starts at 9pm • $16/door
Online ticket sales ended at 5pm today. Plenty of tickets at the door.
Full dinner. Full Bar. Table service.

Headliner Al Park
Al has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He won both the Boston Comedy Festival and Cleveland Comedy Festival competitions, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. Named Boston’s Best Comedian by Improper Bostonian magazine, Park mixes sharp observation and cultural satire with plenty of self-deprecation for a unique, authentic comic voice. His standup can be heard on Audible.com and seen on NBC’s Seeso.com website, and he made his television debut on FOX TV’s “Laughs” in 2017.

Featuring Jiayong Li 
Jiayong bid farewell to his family in Beijing and embarked on a journey of mathematical study at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice. Watching him perform is a side-splitting yet soothing experience. He was one of the New Faces at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2017.

Host Mike Dorval
After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best.” Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

ABOUT TWENTY-NINE

Twenty-Nine offers simple, authentic rustic Mediterranean fare. They seek to redefine the suburban restaurant experience into one that is relaxed, cozy, and intimate — a place folks go to enjoy a great meal, great drink, and great company. They're fussy about simplicity — rustic fare that is reminiscent of the Western Mediterranean’s comfort food classics — bringing healthful, fresh, and vibrant flavors to your table. They draw inspiration from the coastal regions of Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, with just a touch of Morocco. Fugitive’s events take place in the ample second floor dining room which sports a big, beautiful bar, several comfy banquettes, as well as small tables and high-tops.

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MAYNARD — The Response
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — The Response

Original Modern Retro Rock

Be among the first to enjoy a night out at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.
Great entertainment. Full bar/lounge.

See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

Influenced by progressive rock, rock/blues, improv, and world music, this seven-piece upbeat ensemble packs one of the biggest sounds around. Original music at its finest, The Response began as a creative group of life-long musicians who were friends and neighbors in and around Carlisle. The band’s unusual instrumentation (including some experimental instruments built by band members) and diverse musicality couple with highly energetic performances,  danceable rhythms, multiple horns, harmony vocals, and original compositions — all served up with a nod to the smarter art rock of the 70s and 80s.

The core of the band¹s music germinates through Jic Davis and the hypnotic sound of his “batar” (an electric guitar/bass hybrid instrument). Using a combination of tapping and strumming techniques, this instrument weaves a web of root-rumbling lows and sparkling highs. Vocalist Emilie Faucher fronts the band with authenticity, powerful poetic lyrics, and a magnetic open-hearted energy. Mac Ritchey brings an unusual instrument to the mix, the electric oud. This modern imagining of the ancient Arabic lute is routed through guitar pedals, effects, and a looping device, creating synthesizer-like textures and sonic atmospheres. Percussionist Jon Golden anchors the quintet with a rock steady groove and stylistic versatility, while guitarist George Middleton¹s melodic playing and colorful support are a perfect match for this song-driven ensemble.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. For now, Sanctuary provides a few take-out menus for local restaurants. You can order food online or by phone and it’ll be delivered to your table.

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SUDBURY — Fugitive Cabaret
Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

SUDBURY — Fugitive Cabaret

Each Cabaret night, our house band features guest vocalists and instrumentalists. Tonight, keyboardist Molly Flannery will be hosting vocalist Gwenn Vivian, harmonic player Hatrack Gallagher, and bassist Bill McCormack

Dinner Reservations at 8pm
Order tickets for Fugitive Comedy Night in Sudbury — with or without dinner reservations. For the best seats in the house, reserve for dinner and arrive by 8pm. Comedy Night dinner reservations are available only with advanced online ticketing. No phone calls please. To maximize the use of the room, there will be some sharing of tables.

General Seating at 8:30pm
You can purchase tickets without a dinner reservation online or at the door. Of course, you’ll still be able to order from the full menu.

Music starts at 9pm • Doors open at 8:30
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase tickets here.
Online ticket sales ended at 5pm on the day of the show.
Full dinner. Full Bar. Table service.

TONIGHT’S BAND

Composer, arranger, and keyboardist Molly Flannery is known for her distinctive touch on the piano, her melodic improvisations, and her ability to groove in jazz, latin, and Brazilian idioms. After studying composition, improvisation and theory at Yale, Molly began her performing career in Japan where she appeared frequently at local clubs. When she eventually settled in Boston, she studied jazz with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, Kenny Werner, Harvey Diamond, and Doug Johnson. Her CD releases include ”Slow Dance at the Asylum” and “Riding the Bull.” She continues to refine and strengthen her talents, playing in Boston and suburban venues such as the Bull Run Restaurant, Concord’s Colonial Inn, Orange Door Kitchen, Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Luna Theater . . . and now, Twenty-Nine.

Vocalist Gwenn Vivian is the former owner and manager of the Acton Jazz Café (1996–2015). She developed her sincere, chocolaty, vocal style at the Café over the years — performing alongside pianist Molly Flannery, bassist Bill McCormack, and drummer Miki Matsuki — at their weekly dinner shows. Gwenn got her musical training at Longy School and Berklee College of Music — and from listening to countless local and national talents at her café.

 Bassist Bill McCormack grew up in rural Ireland and started playing trumpet and piano at an early age before taking up bass in his teens. While living in Dublin during the 80s, he played with many of Irelands’ top musicians including singer Honor Heffernan, traditional Irish band Stockton’s Wing, and world renowned jazz guitarist Louis Stewart. He now continues to hold down the groove on a diverse Boston music scene playing both upright and electric bass. 

 Harmonica player Pat "Hatrack" Gallagher has been a longtime veteran of the blues and jazz scenes. Singing and playing a broiling harmonica, Gallagher displays his considerable chops. As Steve Morse of the Boston Globe said, “With a name like Hatrack Gallagher, you’d better be good. And that’s precisely the case with this local singer and harmonica whiz whose deft playing boasts an uncanny swing.”

ABOUT TWENTY-NINE

Twenty-Nine offers simple, authentic rustic Mediterranean fare. They seek to redefine the suburban restaurant experience into one that is relaxed, cozy, and intimate — a place folks go to enjoy a great meal, great drink, and great company. They're fussy about simplicity — rustic fare that is reminiscent of the Western Mediterranean’s comfort food classics — bringing healthful, fresh, and vibrant flavors to your table. They draw inspiration from the coastal regions of Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, with just a touch of Morocco. Fugitive’s events take place in the ample second floor dining room which sports a big, beautiful bar, several comfy banquettes, as well as small tables and high-tops.

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R.D. King feat. Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

R.D. King feat. Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago

R.D. King is a Boston-based composer and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire. The winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival's International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, King has opened for Andy McKee, Liz Longley, Ari Hest, and many others. His song "Lightness of Being" recently won the Instrumental category at the 2018 Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase. Listening to King’s music is an emotional and introspective journey that is difficult to parse into genre or tradition. King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, and deeply memorable. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, King performs at venues in New England and beyond, including TedX Cambridge, Boston Greenfest, the Spire Center, Walnut Valley Festival, Club Passim, and others. His debut album, vs. Self, was described as “energetic and epic” and “transformative journeys of sound” by New York Music Daily and The Deli magazine, respectively. His second album, R.D. King, was recorded with Antoine Dufour and was released in January 2019 under Candyrat Records.

Acoustic guitar & mandolin duo Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago create a sound defined by sparse, driving arrangements, adventurous improvisation, and love of tradition. Lindsay comes from a traditional music background, having spent years performing at Celtic festivals and playing in Irish sessions. She brings British ballads and Irish jigs and reels to the table. Jordan taps into his experience as a bluegrass and jazz musician, bringing American fiddle tunes, original material, and unrestrained vocal harmonies into the mix. Together, they seek to combine and express themselves through the best elements of their Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz languages.

Doors open at 6:30pm • Music starts at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Tickets available online until 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. Orange Door is a no-cash, no-tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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